Pete Koelsch has won the Simplistic Pictures Animation Award for his student film, TEACHING BABY ANIMAY. The Simplistic Pictures Animation Award is an annual award granted to the student who submits the most outstanding animated film to The Cleveland Institute of Art's annual E.M.I.T Film Festival.
ACM SIGGRAPH announced the Computer Animation Festival's Best Animated Short and Jury Honors winners for SIGGRAPH 2004, to be held Aug. 8-12 in Los Angeles, California. The Computer Animation Festival jury selected BIRTHDAY BOY (by Sejong Park of the Australian Film Television and Radio School) as Best Animated Short and RYAN (by Chris Landreth) for Jury Honors. Chris Bregler, New York University, is the SIGGRAPH 2004 Computer Animation Festival Chair.
da Vinci Systems named the winners of the inaugural Master Colorist Awards competition, comprised of four categories, including TV and long form, theatrical release, commercial and music video reels. The awards recognize colorists' innovative and skillful use of da Vinci's film enhancement and restoration tools.
Cartoons on the Bay, the 8th festival of television animation organized by Rai Trade, culminated in Positano, Italy with the Pulcinella Awards on April 25, 2004. Canada led the awards with three.
The winning programs are as follows:
Best Program of the Year and Best TV Series for Teenagers and AdultsTRIPPING THE RIFT Canada (& U.S.)
Best Character of the Year and Best TV Series for Children ZOÉ KÉZAKO France
The Harvey Awards, the top honor in comics, has announced this year's nominees. The big news for animation fans is the nomination of Gene Deitch's CAT ON A HOT THIN GROOVE for Best Domestic Reprint Project. This year's ceremony will take place at the new Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art on June 26, 2004 as part of the Third Annual MoCCA Art Festival.
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) announced the winners of the second-annual Awards for Innovation in Media (AIMs). Attendees at the NAB2004 voted for the technological innovations that best addressed current and upcoming issues in the electronic media industry by boosting efficiency, increasing user flexibility and creativity, and lowering cost.
In what amounts to be no less a popularity contest than voting for high school homecoming queen, the MTV Movie Award nominations for 2004 have been announced. However, the awards do highlight the coolest kids on the block vfx blockbusters with PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL topping the list of nomination with six. X2: X-MEN UNITED came in second with four nods. In animation nominations, FINDING NEMO reeled in two nods for best movie and best comedic performance for Ellen DeGeneres.
The Cannes Film Festival, which runs May 12-23, 2004, has announced it lineup of films, which includes two animated features. Both SHREK 2 and INNOCENCE: GHOST IN THE SHELL II have been selected for the official competition. The original SHREK also played at Cannes. This news must have DreamWorks execs partying SHREK 2 was produced by the company and the company's specialty label Go Fish Pictures will be releasing INNOCENCE in the U.S.
The 2nd Annual International Animated Film Festival "BIMINI," which took place April 1-4, 2004 in the city of Riga, Latvia, bestowed its top prize on LEGEND OF THE ORIGIN OF CRAWFISH by Valentin Olshvang.
RUGRATS composer and artist Mark Mothersbaugh will receive the 2004 Richard Kirk Award for Outstanding Career Achievement at the BMI Film & TV Awards to be held May 12, 2004 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. The black-tie event will be hosted by BMI president/ceo Frances W. Preston and will honor the composers of the past year's top-grossing films and the top-rated primetime network television series and cable programs.
The 12th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film 2004 (April 1-6, 2004) has broken the attendance record of the last festival with more than 40,000 attendees. The closing events were completely sold out. 500 films were screened at four venues over the six days. Adding to its international acclaim, TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE took home the feature prize.
The winners were:
State of Baden-Württemberg Award 7,500 EURFLUX -- Christopher Hinton, Canada 2002
Nickelodeons DORA THE EXPLORER is one of the winners of the 63rd Annual Peabody Awards to be awarded by the University of Georgias Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication on May 17, 2004. The 29 award winners for excellence in electronic media, chosen from more than 1,100 entries, also includes recognition for Japans TV Asahi, MOTHER FLEW AWAY AS A KITE, an arresting animated recounting of the last days of WWII.
Children showed they treasure undersea animation, voting for FINDING NEMO and SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS as their Favorite Movie and Favorite Cartoon, respectively, in the 17th annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards awarded April 3, 2004 during a live broadcast on the cablenet. Kids voted online and by phone for the winners.
SpongeBob took additional honors as Favorite Video Game for SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: BATTLE FOR BIKINI BOTTOM.
The 77th annual Academy Awards will be held Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005. Key dates currently scheduled are:
Monday, Dec. 27, 2004: Nominations ballots mailed.
Saturday, Jan. 15, 2005: Nominations polls close at 5:00 pm (PST).
Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2005: Nominations announced at 5:30 am (PST), Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2005: Final ballots mailed.
Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2005: Final ballots close 5:00 pm (PST).
KING OF THE HILL exec producers John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky have announced that they will be entering their animated series in the live-action categories including outstanding comedy series, reports VARIETY. The move really was spurred to allow the show's writing staff a chance to be cognized because the Academy does not have a separate writing category for animation.
"We feel we're doing high-level work, and we want to be judged by our peers," Altschuler said. "We've always wanted to compete in that category."
Cal Art students swept the traditional animation category at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation's 25th Annual College Television Awards Competition. Cal Arts' David Derrick, ByoungJik Lee and Chris Choy took first, second and third respectively for their toon work. Ringling School of Art & Design students did well in the non-traditional animation category taking second and third with first place going to Craig Van Dyke of Brigham Young.
The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) has announced the winners of the Game Developers Choice Awards at the 4th annual ceremony during the 2004 Game Developers Conference (GDC). Considered the Pulitzers of interactive entertainment, the Choice Awards are the premier accolades for peer-recognition in game development, celebrating creativity, artistry and technological genius.
NVIDIA Corp. has announced that it will sponsor the First Annual Best of Wireless Gaming Awards, also known as the "Mobies" at CTIA in Atlanta. NVIDIA will join the Wireless Gaming Review (www.wgamer.com) in recognition of wireless game designers, producers, artists and programmers.
The BBC, BskyB, Cartoon Network Europe and Discovery Networks Europe were the top winners during a special ceremony held at the Cavalieri Hilton Hotel in Rome on March 23, 2004 for the 2004 PROMAX&BDA Europe Awards.
Overall, BBC Broadcast picked up six Gold and four Silver PROMAX&BDA statuettes for a total of 10 awards. BskyB also picked up seven awards, three Gold and four Silver. Cartoon Network Europe took home five awards, three Gold and two silver; and Discovery Networks Europe took home three Gold awards.
The British Animation Awards announced its winners for 2004 at The Shaw Theatre, Bloomsbury in London on March 19, 2004.
The sixth annual Cartoon Movie in Potsdam, Germany, paid tribute March 13, 2004 to A. Film, Folimage and Pathé Europe for significantly contributing to the success of the European feature animation industry. The event, set up by Cartoon in partnership with the European Media programme as a movie version of its successful Cartoon Forum meeting for animated series, brought together some 420 participants to focus on the fast-growing sector for European animated feature films.
Anima 2004, the 23rd Animation Festival drew to a close on February 29, 2004 in Brussels with an Awards ceremony for Anima 2004's national and international competition. This was the first time Anima organized an international competition for both short and feature films. The award-winners were chosen by the public, via attendance and voting at the official competition screenings.
The award were:Anima 2004 Award -- Short Student FilmsDAHUCAPRA RAPIDAHU by Frédérique Gyuran, Vincent Gautier and Thibault Bérard (France)
ZOOLOOK Ent. (the creators of FlashTV) and (mt) Media Temple Inc. have announced the winners of The Greatest Story Never Told digital storytelling competition.
The winners are:
Grand Prize Mark Greene's STINKY IN BIGMARThttp://www.thegreateststorynevertold.com/movies/pca/movie7.html
Runnerups:(1) Kirk Millett's SOUVENIRhttp://www.thegreateststorynevertold.com/movies/pca/movie2.html
(2) Adam Phillip's BITEY OF BRACKENWOODhttp://www.thegreateststorynevertold.com/movies/pca/movie1.html